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Market Street, Wigan

14 Comments

A WET AFTERNOON
Photo: RON HUNT
Views: 1,000
Item #: 32953
PHOTO TAKEN ON THE CORNER OF WOODCOCK AND MARKET STREETS 1950'S

Comment by: A.W. on 21st February 2021 at 09:39

Meeson's Sweet shop used to be there somewhere, a very good shop.

Comment by: ken on 21st February 2021 at 09:55

That's Meeson's shop on the left of the picture. I used to pay my mortgage in the office above in the 60s.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 21st February 2021 at 10:05

That could be Peter and I in our 1940s outfits just passing Meeson's! When I was at school in 1968 we made a Christmas Cake in stages in Domestic Science.....first the rich fruit cake, than the marzipan, then the flat icing, then lastly the decorative icing. We had to have a tin to keep it in and I bought a Quality Street tin from Meeson's, (which is the shop with the two people standing facing the camera). In those days, a quarter of Quality Street was weighed out from the tin into a paper bag, and when the tin was empty it was returned to the manufacturer to be re-filled, so if you wanted an empty tin you had to pay. A friend of mine won't believe that I paid half a crown for the empty tin from Meeson's, (half a crown being a lot of money for a schoolgirl in 1968), but I remember it vividly. I LOVE this photo of Wigan, Ron, and it's one I haven't seen before....Thankyou.

Comment by: Linma on 21st February 2021 at 10:29

I think it was that one on the corner. And if my memory serves me right wasn’t it buy a 1/4 of sweets and get a 1/4 free?

Comment by: Veronica on 21st February 2021 at 10:43

So clean looking , people 'dressed up' to go shopping even with their pac- a -macs. Shame it's not like that now.

Comment by: DerekB on 21st February 2021 at 12:51

This photo appears in a book I have entitled Memories of Wigan . In the book the photo is more detailed to the left showing the shop next to Meesons and above it the Leeds Permanent Building Society where I suppose Ken refers to paying his mortgage in the 60s.

Comment by: Eric on 21st February 2021 at 16:45

In the middle60s this place was the trouser bar, selling mostly jeans and flared trousers

Comment by: Edna on 21st February 2021 at 18:40

I love the storey of your tin, Irene.A happy memory for you.But half a crown for an empty tin was, as they say " daylight robbery " I was working at the time for £6 a week 8 till 5 five days a week.

Comment by: Kenee on 22nd February 2021 at 18:36

My great aunt worked for Milady Toffee in Blackpool (Waller and Hartley Ltd). She used to visit us once or twice a year and always brought us tins of Toffee. We accumulated a few tins and mum used to keep bits and pieces in them. They would be worth a few quid now. https://www.ebay.co.uk/b/milady-tin/bn_7024785637?_pgn=2

Comment by: tuddy on 22nd February 2021 at 20:29

I think there was a Dentist's on the left, somewhere near where the clock is..

Comment by: Edna on 23rd February 2021 at 14:21

Tuddy, the dentist was John Kelsey. He then moved across the road, the dentist is still there.Next door but one to the New Chippery.But John passed away a few years ago.R.I.P.

Comment by: tuddy on 23rd February 2021 at 22:34

That's the one Edna. Was it Prentice before John Kelsey took over?

Comment by: baker on 24th February 2021 at 12:57

now they dress up in their nightware to go shopping,tesco's seems to be plagued with various young women shopping in pj's.

Comment by: Edna on 24th February 2021 at 14:14

Sorry Tuddy I remember the name Prentice, but I don't know if it was there.

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